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Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Counseling, Mental Health

Mission: Kindness matters, and to the more than 5 million people around the world who lose a loved one to suicide each year, it matters a lot. We provide healing and compassionate support during the lonely and tumultuous aftermath of suicide. We help people survive suicide loss, and go beyond "just surviving," to lead productive lives filled with meaning and joy.

Results: Every day, people write to say the Alliance of Hope is their "lifeline" or "saved my life." Since 2008, more than 15,000 people have joined our forum, exchanging more than 375,000 communications. It is estimated that for each member who actively participates in our forum, 7 to 10 others read and get value, but do not join or post.

Target demographics: Survivors of Suicide loss

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2019 we hosted more than 17,000 survivors of suicide loss (and directly served 2,237 new survivors) on our online forum, which operates as a 24/7 support group. Every day, 7-10 newly bereaved survivors join the forum, and more than 500 tap in for support. Our website hosted millions of visits from people seeking information and support in the complex emotional aftermath of suicide. We also answered hundreds of calls and emails requests for information and support from survivors, clinicians, students, media, and the general public.

Programs: Alliance of Hope is the leading online resource for people bereaved by suicide. Our services are developed and supervised by Ronnie Susan Walker, a licensed mental health practitioner. They are anchored in best practices, and answer a need not served by any other organization. Programs include: 1) Clinically moderated community forum. 2) Website with resources for new survivors, blog, bookstore, and memorial section. 3) Low-cost Skype and phone consultations for new survivors. 4) Facebook page with original content and messages of support each month.

Community Stories

414 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

When my husband died, it was the most painful, unimaginable thing that could have happened to my children and myself. We didn`t understand it, none of my friends understood it, but mostly noone wanted to talk about it. I felt like the white elephant in the room. I didn`t know anyone who had been through the grief of suicide, and when I look back now I am glad noone did know about it. I had noone to turn too, I thought I was the only one that had lost their husband by this tragic death. I started looking around for support groups in my area, I didn`t know how to deal with the grief and loss I was feeling, there was nothing, no single meeting, no suicide support groups, in fact as soon as I said my grief was suicide grief, they couldn`t wait to get me out of the door. It was 3am and I was a wreck, i hadn`t stopped crying in days, I felt so alone and in a really dark place emotionally. i went online and found this group. I posted `I lost my husband to suicide, i am broken` ... with in 3 minutes Ronnie replied, told me I wasn`t the only one who was on this journey and the group would support me, people told me their stories, all sad tragic tales of their loved ones. The group held my hand as i dealt with the legal side and the emotional side, my grief, my children`s grief, I felt normal, I wasn`t alone but mostly I felt accepted to tell my story. I have made amazing friends and have become very close to another lady whose friendship is amazing. This group, was my crutch, my life line and understood me as I walked beside the members in my darkest hours

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Finding the Alliance of Hope was the best thing that ever happened to me. I live in a small community where available resources are scarce, especially to the survivors of suicide. On the Alliance of Hope you are able to reach out to others who know what you are talking about, when others do not. It is a safe place to ask questions, that others who have not had this experience would find unthinkable. In short, it is a safe place to come where you are not judged, only fellowship and compassion are offered. No matter what time day or night, someone will answer. At the absolute worst time of your life, it offers a safe haven, for one minute, one hour or for one day. Whatever you need at the time.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The alliance of hope for suicide survivors is an essential on-line, necessary, website providing incredible emotional, social and intellectual support for suicide survivors. It is a place for sharing, for hoping for a better future, and, more importantly, a place to find answers to the untinkable. With 30,000 suicide victims a year in the US alone, and almost a million world-wide, there are at last 6 persons on average per suicide that are devastated by the event. This website is extremely important in reducong the stigma of suicice, which is an important step in the grivieng process, as well as a first step of any suicide prevention program. This website brings together new survivors with older, more experineced survivors who have lived through it all and gives new survivors a better perspective and helps them recover more quickly and become ambassadors of suicide prevention At the minium this website assures them that suicide is a mental health issue and nothing to be ashamed of.